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BBC presenter part of Moray festival

By Alistair Whitfield

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BBC presenter Mike Digler
BBC presenter Mike Digler

BBC presenter Mike Dilger will kick off the the ninth Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival which starts next Thursday.

The ecologist, natural historian and writer, who is a regular on The One Show will be sharing highlights from over a hundred different trips around Scotland.

Mike has filmed everything from bumblebees to basking sharks, and he'll reveal what goes on behind the scenes.

This is just the first of over 60 events which will be taking place during the festival.

There's a mixture of old favourites and 32 new activities ranging from long distance walks, running tours, mountain biking, water sports, art walks, storytelling and heritage ambles.

The programme brings together 27 Moray based local community groups, businesses and individuals, all with specialist knowledge of Moray’s historical, archaeological, architectural, natural and landscape heritage.

Other highlights include a trip to the summit of Ben Rinnes where a sunrise will be seen with a drop of whisky.

Speyside whisky consultant Steve Oliver will lead a guided walk from Dufftown town centre, to the now demolished Pittyvaich Distillery, the Giant’s Chair and the Dufftown Fairy Village.

Meanwhile, a running tour will start underneath the grand arches of the Cullen Viaduct, then explore amazing coastal features, huge viaducts, hilltop forts and beaches.

Back again this year is the famous Ghost Train walk, run by the Dava Way Association, where participants walk overnight from Grantown to Forres.

And for thoselooking for an adrenalin rush Ace Adventures are running their water sports events at specially reduced prices.

Mike Digler will be appearing at the Universal Hall, Findhorn, from 7pm on Thursday, June 13.

For more information about the festival go online to https://www.themorayway.org.uk/festival/

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